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Article
July 1932

MASTOID OPERATION: A GLIMPSE INTO ITS HISTORY

Author Affiliations

LONDON, ENGLAND

Arch Otolaryngol. 1932;16(1):55-75. doi:10.1001/archotol.1932.00630040062007
Abstract

There is a history in all men's lives,

Figuring the nature of the times deceas'd;

The which observed, a man may prophesy,

With a near aim, of the main chance of things

As yet not come to life; which in their seeds

And weak beginnings lie intreasured.1

History is as essential to the philosophy of any branch of medicine as is actual clinical experience to its successful practice. It is worthy of note that history is receiving increasing attention in medical work on both general and special subjects. There are now many branches of the art of healing, each with an extensive literature of its own; but the origin of all is to be found in the works of the great masters of ancient times, just as there are many nations in Europe, each with a history of its own, that all trace their emergence from barbarism to the

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